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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Clash over LTTE property in Canada

By Our Colombo Correspondent Prasad Gunewardene

Colombo, 11 June, ( Following the demise of LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, LTTE's known Financial Controller, K.Pathmanathan alias KP and the Collector of ransom from Tamils in Canada identified as Thava Eliyathambi have clashed last week over the LTTE's properties and share market investments over there, reports reaching Colombo from Toronto revealed.

Eliyathambi is reported to have been a close trusted associate of late Prabhakaran and funds collected from Tamils over there through ransom and extortion methods have been placed in the custody of Eliyathamby by Prabhakaran, the reports said.

The LTTE has bought a shopping mall named,’ North Finch Shopping Centre' at Jane and Finch area from funds collected by Tamils in the name of Thava Elyathambi.

Allso, the LTTE has made a few investments in Colombo through Elyathambi by which Eliyathambi has purchased several houses in the Colombo 7, Cinnamon Gardens area, a medical clinic in Colombo, and a recently started windmill power station, Toronto reports revealed.

Eliyathambi has been recommended to Prabhakaran by a person identified as David Poobalapillai, a close associate of LTTE's V.Balakumar, who earlier led the EROS group of militants. The Eliyathambi family has been first introduced to Balakumar by Kandeepan, son of late TULF leader, Appapillai Amirthalingam, Toronto reports revealed.

Balakumar, these reports said is reported to have financially assisted Poobalapilai when the latter and his family lived in the Jaffna peninsula some years ago. The Poobalapillai family had been devotees of the Nallur Kandasamy Kovil, Jaffna often visited by the Amirthalingam and Yogeswaran families in the 1970s.

The current battle between KP and Eliyathamby has reached a battle climax with KP taking inventories of Tiger assets in Canada and, Eliyathambi refusing to give into KP, the reports said.

Meanwhile, Eliyathambi has in a shrewd move has given his daughter in marriage to a Sinhalese and transferred the Colombo properties to the new found son-in-law. Intelligence authorities in Colombo have now started investigations on these transfer of land and businesses owned by Eliyathambi, Criminal Investigation Department sources in Colombo disclosed.

Following the tensed battle for money power between KP and Eliyathambi, other LTTE property holders in Canada have started to follow Elyathambi and among them are Joseph Malan and his wife Gowri, who owns several shops in Toronto, enterprises funded by the LTTE. This couple also owns a Temple in Toronto West. Malan and Gowri joined the LTTE during their residential days in Wanni, Sri Lanka.Their daughter has recieved arms training in the LTTE and studied in the 'Political University' of the LTTE at Kilinochchi before the LTTE was eliminated by Sri Lankan troops.

Among others who own LTTE property in Toronto and Canada are Thadasa Navamanikkam(Neatham Shan School Trustee's wife) and Das Navaratnman Srinarayanadas(Acquisions Services Inc.(he holds several properties and business ventures in Colombo, Malaysia and Bangladesh in the LTTE funding network).

Eliyamthambi is reported to be popular with several Toronto politicians, the reports coming from Toronto noted.

- Asian Tribune -

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